Steven Spielberg is one of the most iconic figures in all of Hollywood. The famous director is behind some of the most legendary films of all time and his work has been seen by millions of beloved fans.
Recently, Spielberg opened up about his own personal beliefs regarding cinema and the movie watching experience. He also brutally bashed Netflix and other streaming platforms for taking away from the true experiences that movies can give fans.
“I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as filmmakers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience,” he said while accepting the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema Audio Society’s CAS Awards (per Variety). “I’m a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever.”
He then went on to discuss the differences between home theaters and actual movie theaters.
“I love television. I love the opportunity. Some of the greatest writing being done today is for television, some of the best directing for television, some of the best performances [are] on television today,” he told the crowd. ”The sound is better in homes more than it ever has been in history but there’s nothing like going to a big dark theater with people you’ve never met before and having the experience wash over you. That’s something we all truly believe in," wrote Fox.
Spielberg has also slammed streaming services in the past. He was very vocal about his thoughts about streaming movies winning awards and how he feels they should not qualify.
“I don’t believe that films that are given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for Academy Award nominations,” he said. “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. If it’s a good show, you deserve an Emmy. But not an Oscar.”
Now, Netflix is firing back. They have just issued a harsh response to Spielberg's criticisms. They spoke out via their official Twitter account.
“We love cinema. Here are some things we also love,” the tweet read. What followed was a list of three items that acted as a rebuke of Spielberg’s complaints.
“- Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters
- Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time
- Giving filmmakers more ways to share art.”
The tweet concluded by saying, “These things are not mutually exclusive.”
Many people feel the battle between Hollywood and Netflix is only beginning. It will be interesting to see if Spielberg responds or if any other celebrities join in on the controversy.
"Netflix also isn't playing by the same rules as other studios. The company doesn't report theatrical grosses, for one, and it's been vexing some more traditional Hollywood executives throughout this award season and there have been whispers in recent weeks that a reckoning is coming," reported Fox News.
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